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Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

Address: 826 N Second St, Memphis, TN 38107 (Downtown)
Phone Number: 901-527-3427
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Ranked #15 of 76 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Visitors can tour the tunnels used by runaway slaves who stopped at this plantation, one of the stations of the Underground Railroad.

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We highly recommend this information-packed and emotional tour. The ladies who staffed the museum and our tour on Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 were lovely, intelligent, and welcoming. The history they shared with our tour group was incredbly moving and dense with details. We highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Memphis! Thank you very much!

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Rhode Island
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215 reviews 215 reviews
163 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This tour is a great precursor to the Civil Rights Museum and mind blowing in so many ways. Be prepared for an emotional, historical journey back in time to the days of unspeakable tragedy and persecution. The tour is informative and teaches so much about the slave trade, the brutal treatment and persecution of slaves and also of their cleverness... More

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Leonardtown, Maryland
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We were the only ones there on a Monday morning so we had our own tour guide. She was excellent plus she had an excellent voice-she sang "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" during the tour. I learned things about slavery that I did not know. Some facts brought tears to my eyes. Highly recommend. You will not forget this visit.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This museum was quite interesting. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. The house was used as a slave safe house in the Civil war. The basement had tunnels under the house to hide the slaves. It was fascinating to see and to hear the tour guide explain the way it was during that time. It was one of my favorite... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

A completely guided tour of the house owned by a member of the Underground railway. I admit to knowing little about this piece of history, being a Brit. But the ladies who showed us round were very knowledgable and interesting. However on reading further into the subject upon leaving some of the stuff we were told (the quilt theory) has... More

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This was a very interesting visit. The house is a civil-war era house used to provide sanctuary for slaves escaping north. It is located in a run-down section of Memphis. However, my purpose was to learn about the role the house played in the Underground Railroad. The house is as you would expect, is very small. The tour begins with... More

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Top Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

An amazing look at what people went through to escape. Guides were very knowledgeable and informative.

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The tour of this site was sooo moving! It's a small house, but the history & stories shared brought slavery & the underground railway back to life. The drawing of a formerly-escaped slave wearing heavy preventive/detection cage gear was SUCH an education of the horrific institution of slavery. How could people be so greedy & demeaning?!?

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Missouri City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Very informative and thoughtful. Plan to return and spend more time to view the artifacts and truly absorb the experience! Plan to take my grandchildren .

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Phoenix, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Our docent was fantastic, showing us a time that many people in this country would like to forget. Well worth the visit

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